Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Shimmer Splash Background Thanksgiving Cards

Shimmery, splashy backgrounds! That's what I'm talking about!! These backgrounds (which were hard to photograph because of their shimmeriness but trust me - are really cool in real life *wink*) were made with a combination of papaya, poppy and blackberry splash and Peerless metallic transparent watercolor in copper. How awesome is that?!!!!
I spritzed some splash onto a craft sheet and drizzled some copper into it and then spritzed it with water. I blended it a little with the waterbrush and then smushed some Bristol watercolor paper into the shimmery puddles. I kept going until I ran out of that lovely, shimmery mix. :) I let the pieces dry and then stamped leaves in poppy, blackberry and currant. I made the background pretty dark so the leaves are subtle and just add to the visual interest of the background. I flicked some blackberry splash on the background to give some cool dotted texture too. Isn't that pretty?! I was inspired to create this background by Lyn who made a lovely shimmery background for our fall swap.
Since the outside had a lot going on, I kept the inside simple with a few leaves in blackberry.
The sentiment on the outside of the card is from our retired Essential Sentiments stamp set and is edged with latte pearls on fern cardstock. The watercolor paper is layered on nutmeg which is layered on a fern base.

I highly recommend playing around with splash and shimmers. It's fun! It's messy! It's beautiful! Each piece is a unique piece of art. So cool!

Splash and Peerless (and all the other supplies) are available in my webstore which is open 24-7: www.amusestudio.com/seleise

Have a wonderfully creative day!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Calico Cat

It's so easy and so fun to make a calico cat with Nine Lives. You pick 3 colors of splash. I used orange, papaya and slate. You open the spray bottle tops and touch the base of the spray nozzle to a stamped cat. Repeat until you have as many spots as you want. :) Cut out that cat after the splash dries. On an A1 card base cut from vanilla cardstock, stamp another cat and your sentiment. Glue the "splashed" cat on top. Stamp another sentiment inside and you're done! Wouldn't this make a fun set of notecards for a Christmas present? Simple and sweet!
Pick up Nine Lives and splash in my webstore: www.amusestudio.com/seleise

This card is in the a muse catalog and we also made it at National Conference. It was designed by the A Muse Studio designers and this is the one I made with my class in October. :)

Have a wonderfully creative day!!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Holiday Tag Kit!

Check out this fabulous kit! It's available to order on December 1st! Fun stuff!! Available while supplies last!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Give Thanks!

My apologies for the sporadic posts. It is craft fair season and it's also conference season at work. It's crazy! But, I plan to make up for it... eventually. :) So, on to crafty fun. Here's one of the holiday sets that I love - Give Thanks Girl. It's fun to color, the turkey can be masked off for a variety of other holidays and birthdays and such and it's just retro sweet! I made this card for a consultant swap. It's always so fun to see what everyone comes up with for the swaps. There were so many great cards! I might have to share all the swaps in another post.
This card makes me think that it's time to start preparing for the Thanksgiving feast.  I'm making crockpot corn and probably a cheeseball and pecan pie for my contributions to the family dinner. What about you? Do you get assignments from your mom or does one person do it all? I personally like our family potlucks as you get introduced to new recipes and that's always great. :)

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Have a wonderfully creative day!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cozy Back and Stazon Silver Metallic Ink

Starry night background stamped in Staz-on Metallic Silver provides the background for this fun Christmas card. The cozy back snowman was stamped in memento tuxedo black in and colored with copics. The polka dots were made with the silver signo gel pen. Those pens are so AWESOME! They are smooth, the ink lasts forever and they give great coverage. Don't you love how it looks on the hat and scarf?! I hand-cut around the snowman but you could use the digi file or the die. A little silver edged organdy ribbon finishes off the look. So fun!
And, here's the inside - a greeting from a handwritten holiday stamped in the staz-on silver metallic ink. Simple but festive. :)

If you'd like to make this card or purchase some stamps/inks/glitter and more for holiday gifts, here's my webstore link: www.amusestudio.com/seleise

Have a wonderfully creative day!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Fall Snowglobe

I love snow globes. I love all the light and flow inside. I made a fall snowglobe with my class in October. It features Thankful for You - great leaves stamped on some toffee cardstock with blackberry, fern and pumpkin inks. The snow globe die is popped up on a fern layer which is popped up on a blackberry layer on a pumpkin base. And, isn't the metallic gold and silver washi great on the blackberry layer?! I love it!

Oh - and it's hard to see in the pic but the snowglobe top is sprayed with golddust splash which gave it a lovely soft shimmery look to make it look like it had been shaken and the gold dust was settling down to the bottom. (that's my story and I'm sticking to it! - lol!)

Here's the inside. More of the lovely ink colors and fall leaves.

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Have a wonderfully creative day!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Bringing Cozy Back

 I'm bringing Cozy Back with this ADORABLE snowman from the stamp set....wait for it...Cozy Back! Isn't it adorable - colored with copics and glitter added on a silver shimmer scalloped oval. This card made with the a muse clear cardstock has a staz-on snow day background and is also edged in the staz-on white ink. Isn't that great?!
 Here's the inside - a little more glitter and another scalloped oval to hide the adhesive.
And, the inside - a free form snowbank on winter sky along with another sentiment and more diamond glitter (I adore diamond glitter - can you tell? :)!!) There's another winter sky layer on the back of the card to once again hide the adhesive. This card makes me happy and hope it makes you happy too. Clear cardstock is such a fun product and you should take some time to play with it.

You can get 25 sheets of good quality clear cardstock for $14 in my webstore. Check it out here

Have a wonderfully creative day!!